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So, a little background, running 26.2 miles...that’s right a marathon .... is a personal goal. Having never really run before I started my training in May 2017 and here we are 8 weeks away from my first event. My aim is to complete the course whatever the time. As a personal goal I had not planned to raise funds for a charity and then in 2017 I became involved with the White Ribbon Alliance UK. White Ribbon Alliance is a global network of individual advocates and organisations. Most of their work focuses in Africa and Asia where women are most at risk of dying in childbirth (in some countries girls are more likely to die having a baby than go to school). Rather than short term fixes the WRA press governments to be accountable and take action to stop these preventable deaths. Together the WRA campaign so that one day all women, everywhere, will be safe and protected in pregnancy, birth and the early days with their babies.
In the UK I have been working with them to raise awareness of the experiences of being a woman and becoming a mother in the UK as a refugee and asylum seeker. This group of women in UK make up less than 0.05% of the population but account for 25% of the maternal mortality experienced in this country.
I have therefore decided to raise funds for the WRA UK to be used to support their efforts to capture the evidence of experience through peer journalism approaches and thus work to ensure that all women are able to experience becoming mothers safely, with support and with respect and dignity.